Handel beat Deal by 11 points a few weeks ago. Since that time, we’ve seen Handel go negative through direct mail and TV spots. The debates? Disastrous for her.

Meanwhile, we’ve seen Deal lock up nearly the whole GOP delegation at the state and federal level for endorsements. Pretty impressive, so I’ll concede that the 11 point difference is much smaller now.

A new poll suggests that they are statistically tied, but that was before the Palin visit for Handel…and we all know that Palin is a rock star among Georgia Republicans.

Prediction: Handel wins with 52%.